VSB Announces New Business Analytics Co-Major

Villanova, Pa., July 22, 2016 — The Villanova School of Business (VSB) is proud to announce the addition of its new business analytics co-major that will be available to students beginning this fall. As a continuation of VSB’s expertise in analytics, the program builds upon the successes of the business analytics minor, introduced in 2012, and the online Master of Science in Analytics (MSA), introduced in 2014. The business analytics minor became VSB’s most popular minor within a year of its launch and more than 100 students enrolled in the MSA in just one year.  

“With the creation of this business analytics co-major, VSB is meeting the growing demands of both our students and the industry,” said Daniel Wright, PhD, Interim Dean. “In today’s competitive landscape, students with these skills are in high demand across a variety of sectors and this co-major will add value to any student’s field of study by preparing them for successful careers.”

“An increasing number of career opportunities involves analytics and the ability to collect large amounts of data and transform it into actionable intelligence is a key factor in competing in the global marketplace,” added Matthew Liberatore, PhD, John F. Connelly Endowed Chair in Management, faculty director, Center for Business Analytics, professor, Management & Operations.

Business analytics provides students with strong analytical skills and the ability to develop solutions that improve business performance. Students who choose to pursue this new co-major will learn the major components of business analytics, including: business intelligence, business performance management, statistical analysis and data mining.

Developed through an abundance of input from senior leaders within companies and organizations that use data, statistical and quantitative analysis, and fact-based management to drive decisions, the co-major will prepare our graduates for future success.

The Villanova School of Business (VSB) undergraduate program is ranked #1 in the nation by Bloomberg Businessweek and has been at the forefront of business education since it was founded in 1922. Serving over 2,500 undergraduate and graduate students, VSB is home to six Centers or Institutes of Excellence (the Daniel M. DiLella Center for Real Estate, the Center for Business Analytics, the Center for Global Leadership, the Center for Marketing & Consumer Insights, the Center for Church Management & Business Ethics and the Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship (ICE) Institute) with each center and institute designed to foster innovative, cross-disciplinary research and teaching opportunities for business faculty. VSB is known for academic rigor; creativity and innovation; hands-on and service learning opportunities; a firm grounding in ethics; and an applied education that prepares students to become outstanding leaders and global citizens within the ever-changing, complex, and fast-paced world of business. For more, visit business.villanova.edu.

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